Family, Senior, and Friends Pictures in Utah at Murray Park

By Jed Grant

button-family-thumbnailThis last Saturday I took some pictures of a family at a local park. Personally I really enjoyed the images I was able to get! However, I feel a little bad for the family because while I was fiddling with camera and flash setting they were sitting there being bored out of their minds. However I do appreciate the opportunity. They had a very fun personality as a group. Initially I had intended to try a lot more natural lighting, however, after a handful of shots I realized I was getting a lot better pictures with my flash in a shoot through umbrella. I had it sitting on a stand and would just carry it around with me. It worked out pretty well and I found that with the umbrella on a stand I was able to position it pretty well while holding it and still take pictures.

I have to admit, I saw all these other photographers walking around with the flash in a camera bracket or just shooting natural light and I had a absolutely terrible moment where I just wanted to says “my pictures are going to look better than your pictures!” 🙂 Now I know some people tout natural light as the way to go, but those are the people who can’t hold a 7ft extended light stand in one hand at an angle while taking pictures with the other hand. Now that might not be strictly true, but I sure had a ton of fun being my own little strobist.

Here’s a few of the images I liked, I hope you enjoy them!

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My First Photo Shoot

By Jed Grant

Siblings Max and RachelFor a few weeks now I’ve been trying to con someone, anyone, into doing a photo shoot with me. I only had one bite. A co-worker who wanted to get some pictures of her kids. It took a few weeks to line up schedules, but we finally worked it out and were able to get some pictures taken last night around sunset. I was actually pretty worried about a handful of things. Would I be able to get decent pictures? Would I be able to get them to respond favorably, what about poses that actually worked? See all the images and a few before and after images after the break. (more…)

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